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Tales of Charlotte

Real-life stories of Queen City weirdness and woe

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"What's the weirdest or most awful thing you've ever experienced in Charlotte?" That's the question us folks at Creative Loafing have been asking local denizens for years now.

Many of the answers we've heard in response — like one woman's story of discovering that her roommate was stealing her underwear — have been published on our website in a series of live-action video clips we titled Tales of Charlotte. But, this being the Halloween season and all, we thought it'd be the ideal moment to expose these bizarre happenings to a wider audience.

To that end, we convinced a few of the best cartoonists in town to answer our question — in the form of a comic strip; we ended up with some brand-new, nutty works from talents like:



See the full-sized comic here.

Dustin Harbin: According to Harbin, he's "a cartoonist and freelance illustrator who lives and works and loves in Charlotte ... He produces a more-or-less daily diary comic — the first six months of which has been published in print form by Koyama Press." For more info, visit:


See the full-sized comic here.

John Hairston Jr.: A graduate of UNC Charlotte, Hairston's work is currently on display in various art galleries all over the city and the East Coast. For more info, visit:


See the full-sized comic here.

Bridgit Scheide: Scheide's a Charlotte-based illustrator. And she's the creator, writer and artist behind a very cool comic book series titled Kindle, which is on sale now at the local comic shop Heroes Aren't Hard to Find ( For more info about Scheide, visit:


See the full-sized comic here.

Marcus Kiser: A member of the local arts collective God City, Kiser is also the creator/artist/writer of the comic book Invisible Soldier, and he's the author the art book Heavy Starch. For more info, visit:

And for even more, check out old and new Tales of Charlotte video interviews over at In the meantime, flip on over and enjoy our macabre, real-life yarns straight from the Queen City streets.


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